Some Sacramento SROs Still Without Air Conditioning
With the temperatures hitting triple digits again in downtown Sacramento, residents who live in some of the city’s single room occupancy hotels are sweating it out.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Five of the ten downtown low income hotels are not in compliance with the new air conditioning code.
Hardy Coletti lives at the Congress Hotel on 12th Street. It does not have the required common room with an air conditioner:
When I get too hot, then I go to the sink, let the water run, splash myself all over, my hair, my face. In addition to that, I have a bucket of water I change frequently to put my feet in to cool my body down.
Two people died at the Congress last July during an 11 day heat wave in the city.
Sacramento’s top code enforcement official will meet with the owners of the five hotels to tell them they must put in air conditioners. But Coletti is worried his 450 dollar a month rent will increase if a common cooling room goes in at the Congress.